Iris Murdoch: A Life

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 706 pages
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In "Iris Murdoch," Peter Conradi assesses the remarkable intellectual and cultural legacy of the celebrated philosopher and beloved novelist. Depicting her personal life in extraordinary detail -- her student days at Oxford, her Communist activities, her early affairs, and her enduring marriage to John Bayley -- he also deftly interprets her philosophical works and twenty-six novels with brilliant clarity and insight. Murdoch emerges as a writer who in her early years imagined herself as the heir to George Eliot but later found a kinship with Dostoevsky's fantastic realism, his obsessions with sadomasochism, and his philosophical fascination with moral anarchy. Relying on ninety-five hitherto unseen diaries, hundreds of interviews, and thousands of letters, Conradi has written a riveting biography that is as much an absorbing history of literary England from 1940 to the present as it is a vivid depiction of one of our greatest twentieth-century writers.
 

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Conradi, the literary executor of Iris Murdoch's (1919-99) estate, presents a richly textured study of her personal, professional, academic, and literary life. A well-loved only child who dove ... Read full review

Contents

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1
II
3
III
33
IV
57
V
82
VI
109
VII
135
VIII
164
XVI
376
XVII
407
XVIII
409
XIX
437
XX
467
XXI
497
XXII
527
XXIII
551

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197
X
199
XI
231
XII
261
XIII
288
XIV
317
XV
345
XXIV
586
XXV
595
XXVI
599
XXVII
661
XXVIII
677
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Peter J. Conradi is coexecutor of Murdoch's literary estate. He lives in London.

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